Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Libertarianism and slavery

Posted Feb 28, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

We need to keep exploring the box we are in if we want to change it.  Much of the box’s construction occurred during the 18th century emergence of capitalism, or at least the ideology of capitalism, and the reality of slavery.  The box belongs to the Atlantic bordered by Europe, Africa, and the Americas.  It is a box supported by the labor of slaves and mystified by stories of liberty based on the ownership of property.

Another Option: Civic Socialism

Posted Jan 19, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

Sometimes the health care reform debate appears to be limited to two options: libertarianism or socialism.  There are more options.  Just as there are two different kinds of libertarianism: property based and civic based, one could also speak of a property and a civic socialism.

Health care: not Socialism, nor Libertarianism, but Civicism

Posted Dec 14, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 5 Comments

For the United States government to require that everyone carry health care insurance is not socialism, but neither is it libertarianism.  What about seeing it as a third form of government that we can call: “civicism.”  Civicism believes that all citizens have certain obligations to each other based on such civic norms as solidarity, moral equality, and reciprocity.

Libertarianism, Adam Smith, and property relations

Posted Nov 20, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 8 Comments

If you want to understand the foundation of libertarianism, there is no better place to look than Adam Smith’s view of property relations.

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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